Tech Briefing: Google Cloud to Store Petabytes of Genome Data

 
 
By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2014-11-10 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Google cloud to store petabytes of genome data for health researchers; Dell sees PCs as 'hub' of IoT; Home Depot breach expands, privilege escalation flaw to blame; and more.

 
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Google recently announced a new Genome Cloud that will be used to store thousands of human genome files. Google will charge $25 per genome annually, which sounds fairly expensive for cloud storage. However, each genome file contains about 100GB of data.

This is particularly exciting for researchers and doctors, since not only will sizable databases of patient genomes be available, but Google's search tools will allow very rapid processing of the data, which is expected to lead to meaningful insights into the genetic underpinnings of cancer.

Michael Dell and other Dell executives recently spoke at Dell World 2014 about the critical role of the PC in the company's larger initiative to grow its capabilities as an enterprise IT solutions and services provider.

Dell explained that in order to be an end-to-end solutions vendor, a company needs both ends of the equation, from the PC through the data center and into the cloud. He also pointed to the burgeoning Internet of things as a strong example of Dell's end-to-end strategy, and the important positions clients play in it.

Home Depot revealed new information on Nov. 6 about its data breach that it first officially confirmed in September. The scope of the breach has now been expanded to include 53 million user emails.

For those 53 million accounts, the attackers only stole the email addresses, and Home Depot has stated that no additional payment card, passwords or personal information was stolen.

Microsoft is teasing users with the announcement that it will release details about its latest Lumia smartphone on Nov. 11. The date was unveiled by the company on the Microsoft Nokia blog on Nov. 6, along with a close-up photograph of a corner of a shiny and sleek orange-outlined smartphone.

The Lumia 530 is not intended to take on Apple's iPhone, but is aimed at carrying the Windows Phone flag into emerging markets and growing the worldwide market for Windows Phone devices.

 
 
 

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